MyVision Oxfordshire supports visually impaired children, young people, as well as their parents/carers and siblings.
We have a program of events aimed especially at families with blind and partially sighted children and young people. These events enable the youngsters to try activities, often alongside their siblings, in a safe environment. Such activities in the past have included climbing walls, zip wires, ice-skating, trampolining and canoeing. These events help build confidence and encourage youngsters to face and overcome their fears. There is often also the opportunity for parents/ carers to chat and share concerns they have or to get ideas on how others do things.
Being visually impaired often makes cultural activities a challenge too. We work closely with the University Museums of Oxford to bring museum exhibitions to life through talks, handling sessions, and crafts. Awareness of nature is enhanced through visits to gardens, arboretums, and farms which usually involve some kind of handling, feeding or sensory sessions. For example, we have fed baby goats, handled chicks, touched snakes and lizards, and fed meerkats. We have also arranged trips to the theatre which have involved touch tours, enabling the youngsters to meet the casts and be around some of the major props before the show. Another fun and educational activity was learning how to make ice-cream at G&D’s!
We are always open to other ideas for events so please get in touch with all your ideas and we’ll try to make it happen. Why not join the mailing list to receive regular bulletins about MyVision and other activities? Other useful information is included too. Contact us at info@MyVision.org.uk or call 01865 725 595 to find out more.
“I think that the children and family’s services along with access to social clubs is very important for me as it means that I can socialise with my other visually impaired friends and we can share experiences on things such as: School/College and technology. Also, the newsletter is very informative.“